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South Africa - Garden Route

The garden route is one of the 'must-sees' for most visitors to South Africa, and with good reason. Within just 300km, stretching from Mossel Bay to just beyond Plettenberg, there is a range of beautiful landscapes, boasting stunning countryside, mountainous backdrops, coastal views and an abundance of wildlife. The coast is dotted with superb beaches, while inland you'll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges. The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast offer fantastic hiking and bird-watching, with an impressive 250 species to be found, whilst the idyllic towns of Knysna, Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay are great bases for exploring the area.

In and Around
The picturesque towns along the Garden Route offer a variety of accommodation.

George: George is known as the starting point of the Garden Route, if travelling east. This town offers beautiful scenery, surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

Knysna: In many ways Knysna is at the heart of the Garden Route. Nestled on the banks of a stunning estuary, it is surrounded by forests, lakes and beaches. The town offers craft shops, flea markets and a waterfront with restaurants renowned for their oysters.

Plettenberg Bay: Surrounded by miles of unspoilt beaches, this destination is situated in one of the most beautiful bays in Southern Africa. The town has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and offers fine restaurants. A trip to Monkeyland or Elephant Park allows you to get close to wildlife.

Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth is the largest city on the coast between Cape Town and Durban. It can be the start or end point for visitors wishing to travel along the Garden Route or to venture into one of the game reserves. It is also a holiday destination in itself, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a climate that delivers a great deal of sunshine.

Set overlooking a magnificent indigenous forest, this stunning retreat offers an intimate and romantic atmosphere.
Carefully designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, with all rooms offering tranquil vistas of the lagoon, golf course or gardens.
South Africa's leading golfing and leisure resort, combining old world charm and contemporary appeal in 613 hectares of lush countryside.
Greeted with a smile and welcomed with a glass of fine South African sparkling wine, guests at Grootbos are made to feel instantly special.
A beautifully restored country house offering excellent service and luxurious rooms in thatched suite cottages surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Kuzuko Lodge is gloriously situated high upon a hill overlooking the vast expanse of the 'big 5' reserve below. It's peaceful and quiet, the perfect place to get away from it all.
An ultra luxurious haven for world travellers, with five-star dining, one of a kind amenities and endless pampering, all nestled in the midst of an exotic ocean/game reserve.
Nestled in the Afromontane Forest, with endless views of the surrounding area. The large and elevated luxury 'tree suites' are an African celebration of natural textures.
This carefully renovated homestead is well known for its beauty, friendly service and excellent cuisine.
St James of Knysna is an owner-run, exclusive country house hotel on the shores of Knysna Lagoon. Spectacular views can be seen across the lagoon. The beautiful surroundings of wooded hills present a stunning back drop to the hotel and lake.
A stunning hotel, perfectly placed for whale-watching and exploring Hermanus.
A stylish five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel. Guests will enjoy a luxurious, idyllic and indulgent experience.
Lake Pleasant Living offers superb accommodation and facilities in tranquil surroundings, close to Knysna.
Offering comfortable accommodation and friendly service, this hotel is surrounded by restaurants, the craft market, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping malls. The cool blue sea of Walker Bay is within minutes of the front door.
Jan and Lydia Kruger invites you to enjoy the comfort and tranquillity of Bay Lodge, blending luxury beachfront accommodation with superb facilities and service.
The historic Belvidere Manor is an enchanting country retreat offering stunning views of the lagoon and mountains beyond.
This 4-star hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage and modern luxury and has won wide acclaim as a forerunner in sustainable, ecological and community tourism.
A beautiful farm house, stables and milking parlour dating back to the 1830s, perfectly restored to provide a tranquil environment.
Hacklewood Hill Country House is a classic manor house offering plenty of Victorian elegance and style. The pristine gardens and private verandahs are reminiscent of a typical English retreat.
Hog Hollow is set on the edge of an indigenous forest in a private nature reserve with panoramic views of the surrounding forests, valleys and mountains. Expect outstanding cuisine, numerous activities and truly memorable hospitality from the Hog Hol...
This wooden lodge offers exceptional comfort, tradition & style.
One of the largest log structures in the southern hemisphere, constructed only of natural products.
This 1902 Victorian homestead offers guests an insight into a working ostrich farm. The friendly service and attention to detail will help you to relax in the peaceful rural surroundings of the Olifants River Valley.
Laird's Lodge, with its blend of discreet service and understated comfort, epitomises the truly South African hospitality experience.
Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach this hotel is perfectly situated within close reach of the city centre and airport. The Protea Hotel Marine prides itself on quality facilities and personal service.
Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountain range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the Klein Karoo, 4.5 km outside Oudtshoorn, Surval Boutique Olive Estate is a working farm estate offering superb accommodation and uncompromising levels ...
The Beach Hotel, one of Port Elizabeth's finest boutique hotels, offers excellent accommodation and facilities.
The Paxton provides superb accommodation for discerning visitors to this beautiful and fast developing South African coastal town.
A stylish and modern hotel which offers a tranquil stay in spacious rooms overlooking the majestic Knysna lagoon.
Relive the luxury of an era gone by in Knysna's timberlog hotel. The Graywood is ideally situated to enjoy the town's many attractions and activities.
Knysna Hollow Country Estate is perfectly located to explore all the attractions the Garden Route has to offer. The nearby lagoon is a haven for fishing and water sport enthusiasts.
This very popular country style hotel is situated in a historic and picturesque area of Montagu. The lush green lawns and swimming pool area boast magnificient views of the nearby mountains.
This family owned guest house which has been declared a National Monument, has been lovingly restored by the owners. Offers a charming and comfortable stay whilst you overnight in this arid region.
On the very edge of Walker Bay, the Windsor Hotel combines the best of traditional hospitality with all the comforts of stylish waterfront living.


Top Itineraries


Magnificent Garden Route

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The Garden Route in South Africa is legendary for its awesome natural beauty.


Classic Garden Route Self-drive

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With South Africa's superb infrastructure this self-drive itinerary is easy to navigate and a great way to see both Cape Town and the Garden Route.

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